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Most Exciting Day Trips from Phuket

Coral Island

Coral Island is a popular day trip destination that is only 6 km from mainland Phuket and favored by beach lovers and snorkelers for the soft white sands and coral. Snorkeling gives the chance to see a variety of tropical fish, such as trumpet fish, butterfly fish and parrotfish. The island has two major beaches with Long Beach the easiest to reach, while Banana Beach is a further option, but does require a 15 minute trek through the jungle to reach. Popular activities include relaxing and massages on the beach, banana boat rides, kayaking and parasailing.

Phi Phi Islands

One of the most enjoyable day trips is certain to include a stop at the Phi Phi Islands. This island is only a 50-60 minute journey from Phuket and has the stunning scenery of jade-green sea mixed with the limestone karst formations. Even though the Phi Phi Islands has the picture-perfect scenery, it isn’t the best destination for those in search of seclusion because it is extremely popular with day trippers. A couple of the great sights include Koh Phi Phi Don and Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley. Also, the crystal-clear waters make a visit to these islands a great choice for the snorkeling enthusiasts.

Cheow Larn Lake

Khao Sok National Park is nearly 150 km from Phuket and has rich, lush-green rain forests, towering limestone peaks, waterfalls and deep blue lakes. This nature park is appreciated for not only its natural beauty, but also the ability to get involved in many different activities, such as jungle trekking, exploring bat-filled caves and kayaking down the Sok River. Also, a great part of the park to visit is the artificial Cheow Lan Lake with its luxury tented camps and floating raft houses. This region of Thailand can get quite wet in the rainy season, so it is more practical to travel between December and April for the more comfortable and dry weather.

Racha Islands

The white sands and clear waters of the Racha Islands attract plenty of day trippers. Racha Islands is about 12 km from Phuket and easily reached by boat in 45-60 minutes. At Siam is the quietest island, while Racha Yai (Big Racha) is the one that gets the most attention and popular for its swimming and snorkeling activities.

Trip to Puerto Rico

When we were deciding where to spend our last spring break of college, my friends and I explored a lot of different places. The idea of going somewhere “tropical” was definitely a key factor to us, regardless of the fact that we live at the beach. Another factor that may have played a toll more, however, was the cost of the trip.

Being a server throughout my college career, I was living on a budget, so I was definitely looking for a deal as well. My roommate’s mom is a travel agent and recommended that we check out Puerto Rico. In the beginning, the main reason for this was the fact that we didn’t need to purchase passports for this trip, which automatically took off about $200. As we began to research, however, we realized that there was so much more that Puerto Rico had to offer than simply being a U.S. territory.

Air & Hotel

Though we had to drive six hours to Orlando, the round-trip flight was very reasonable. It is important to note that nothing seems to be included in this price: checked luggage, snacks and beverages, and seat preferences.

As far as hotels, we looked at countless resorts and read various reviews of our options. We turned to Airbnb due to the lack of all-inclusive resorts. This was my first experience using this service and it definitely will not be my last! For four nights and five days, our condo cost under $300 per person. Everything we needed was provided for us: towels, paper products, etc. We picked an area called Carolina. This area was central to our activities, close to the airport, and right on the beach. What more could we ask for!


Our condo was located right on the beach; therefore we spent our free day here. We were able to rent beach chairs for the entire day for under $10 per person. Our condo happened to be near multiple resorts, therefore, we were able to take advantage of a couple of their amenities: jet-ski rentals, Tiki bar, etc. We also visited the nearby restaurant numerous times throughout our stay, as it was right next-door.

On day two, we went to the El Yunque Rainforest. We debated using a tour guide service or renting a car and going on our own. We choose to explore the island ourselves, a choice that we were very satisfied with. Our favorite parts of the rainforest were the waterfalls. They are absolutely beautiful! As we drove up the mountain’s winding roads, we would come across groups of people. This is how we knew where to get out and explore. This strategy proved to be very successful, especially when we stumbled upon and swam in La Mina Falls. This waterfall is a must-see!

Day three consisted of a catamaran trip to the beautiful island of Culebra. We booked one of the numerous excursion companies for this trip. They took care of everything. We set up our pickup location at the resort next to our condo, which was super easy. The trip was around $100 each, but this money was well worth it. We chose a snorkel/beach package, where we snorkeled the first part of the trip and got to explore the island of Culebra for the second half. Lunch and beverages were provided.


Wear sunscreen- I underestimated the power of the sun in Puerto Rico and definitely paid for it on our trip to Culebra.

Mingle with the locals- I can honestly say that the locals in Puerto Rico were some of the nicest people I have ever met. They were eager to tell us about their home and seemed so excited to have us there.

Transportation- There seemed to be a war between the white taxi vans and Uber. This was evident at the airport as the taxi drivers were very vocal about their disapproval of Uber being present on their turf as well as at our condo, where the taxis lined up to block out the Uber-drivers. We stayed persistent and still used Uber, keeping our budget in mind.

Things To Do On A Mountain Retreat, California

Today’s mountain retreat is more of a relaxing jaunt into wooded areas with a much more, dare we say, ‘posh’ feel to the whole experience. The idea of the modern mountain retreat is to return to a simpler lifestyle, with a calm pace & tranquil demeanor. In essence, you’re getting away from the dreariness of the urban jungle and looking to sink your teeth into nature & all of its glory.

If you’ve got your sights set on a mountain retreat pretty soon and still on the fence, these seven things may help you decide if this type of getaway is right for you:

Hiking – Get your heart pumping by hitting the hiking trails. Sure, your nice brown hiking boots look great with a pair of blue jeans, but they might be right at home tackling the terrain they were made for in the first place.

Biking – Why navigate through what feels like a lawless disregard for bike riders in the city when you can actually grab your bike, strap on your helmet, and put some serious mileage on your tires? Ranging from hardcore to laid-back, the bike trails on your mountain retreat are there for the taking.

Fishing – You know what it feels like to cast your fishing line into crisp mountain waters only to find nothing on your hook when you reel it in? Fantastic. Get lost in the tranquility of fishing in a way you’ve never experienced before.

Off-Roading – Maybe you like your mountains with a little exhaust fumes. More and more available ATV tours are being offered to visitors seeking a little bit more octane!

Horseback Riding – If there were ever a more old-school way of checking out an old-school mountain area, you’d be hard-pressed to beat horseback riding. You might be picking up a new hobby or knocking the rust off.

Skiing/Snowboarding – If you’re in the mountains & you’ve got some fresh snow around, you’d be crazy not to check out the slopes. Moreover, if you’re not experienced at all, it’s the perfect reason to take a lesson. You could even make it a family activity or a neat date.

Being “Chill” – There’s no better way to enjoy the tranquility of the mountain retreat than be immersing yourself into the “chill”. Relax. Have a cup of coffee & sit outside. Feel the crisp air fill your lungs. Think about the day’s itinerary, and then forget it all.

You may just find that a mountain retreat is exactly what you’ve needed for a long time. It’s the proper way to make a getaway really feel like you’re getting away from it all, and that sounds pretty awesome.

Vacation with Family in British Columbia

British Columbia offers a wide variety of fun filled activities for the whole family whether it’s a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium or a setting up camp in the Okanagan. We have outlined a few excellent destinations for the whole family to enjoy.

If you are a local Vancouverite or visiting and planning on heading into the vast and beautiful province of British Columbia car rental companies have the perfect vehicle for your family vacation. Consider renting an SUV or an 8 & 12 Passenger Van to ensure the whole family and all your belongings fit comfortably for the haul. We know how it can be on those long road trip drives and how any discomfort in the back translates into a whole lot of discomfort up front.

Okanagan Valley

Located centrally in the province of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is a very arid region that offers many different resorts from large brands to small quaint family owned spots, although camping at the many sites in the very favorable summer climate is a great experience. The region is dotted with tons of lakes where you can enjoy boating, watersports, swimming and splashing at the shore. Many towns and cities have central areas with rope swings, slides and diving boards to give the little kiddies some thrills. Go-kart tracks, waterslides, mountain biking, horseback riding, and theme parks are also scattered about the region. Of course there are activities for the parents too from wine tours, golfing, and most importantly relaxing lakeside. Some of the spots to visit in the region: Penticton, Osoyoos, Kelowna and Vernon.

Greater Vancouver

The most densely populated area of British Columbia, Vancouver is the main city that offers tons of fun for both you and you kids. The main attractions are the renowned Vancouver Aquarium, Splashdown Park Waterside, Science World, Fort Langley and the outdoor swimming pool at Kitsilano Beach. Like all cities there are plenty of parks, festivals and children focused activities constantly happening throughout the summer. The great part about Vancouver is the close proximity to the ocean and mountains so you are able to walk to the beach to get wet or make the quick trip out of the city and hike some trails of visit some lakes. Of course the ‘big’ city offers lots of entertainment and world-class dinning for the parents… but if you can’t shake the kids you’ll find numerous restaurants suitable for the whole family.


Whistler is a top destination year round. When the snow melts and the skis are packed away for another season many different activities just start to get going. The village is always bustling with activities for everyone, especially the kids. At the bas of the gondolas that will often be play areas and more radical trapeze setups to do. Downhill mountain biking pretty much takes over and is a thrill for the whole family. You can take a casual ride down or just hike around after catching the lift up then watch the pros dazzle any time of the day but especially when they host the Crankworks competition. The valley is lined with trails that you can casually bike of rollerblade and you will come across countless lakes, parks and picnic areas to settle down and enjoy the spectacular scenery. All the resorts are family friendly and offer swimming pools and play area for the kids to get their kicks.

Shopping in Bay Area Houston

1. Space Center

The Houston Space Center is a wonderful place to bring your science minded friends/family and children alike. Not only does it provide a respite from a typical hot and humid Texas day, but it is full of attractions and events that are often perfect for first time and regular visitors. Located centrally and close to all other attractions, the space center is sure to be a hit, not only among those who love space and space exploration. Stop by the gift shop on your way out to find unique souvenirs as gifts or mementos.

2. Clear Lake Park

This park has almost 60-acres with access to playgrounds, picnic spots, sports fields, fishing and boating piers, and jogging boardwalks. A perfect place to go for a jog or simply to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the day. Near the fishing and boating piers you can find some interesting mom and pop shops catering to the locals and providing tourists with excellent shopping for gifts and special trinkets to remember the moment.

3. Seabrook Trails

Take a break from shopping to for a long bike ride or hike. Seabrook trails is home to many different levels of trails and is perfect year round during any seasons. There is a huge variety of wildlife to see and many lookout spots to sight see and relax. Stop into the main office and shop for unique gifts to memorialize the day.

4. Kemah Boardwalk

Open daily, this boardwalk is full of people enjoying a romantic stroll or taking their children on one of the many amusement rides available. There are the boardwalk beast boat tours, stingray reef, and many other events to take part in. Go shopping at some of the few local shops and enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many water front restaurants available or catch a band for a night of dancing.

5. Restaurants

If you are shopping for gifts, don’t forget to shop at some of the many popular tourist restaurants available. Remember your vacation with glasses, coasters, or other merchandise you can purchase at many of the great water front restaurants in the area. Enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner and get your shopping done- all at once!

Attractions Must be Visit in Beijing

1. Forbidden City
For many out there the Chinese capital is the eastern most ancient city and with any Beijing transfer tours this place could be the ideal one for you to start with. Unveil the mysterious face by beginning the tour from the Palace museum itself. The place is spread for over two hundred fifty acres and has about nine thousand rooms. This palace is indeed a large complex which was built between 1420 and 1406 AD. Although it had been burnt down, renovated, sacked and rebuilt countless times yet you get see architecture dating back to the eighteenth century. The organizers will certainly have guide accompanying you who shall elucidate the stories behind sites and tell about the significant historical parts.

2. Great wall
If you have less time in hands ten you can make the most by hiking any of the Great Wall sections. Along the entire length of the Wall you shall find eight major sections including Simatai, Jinshanling, Gubeikou, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Huanghuacheng, Juyongguan and Badaling.

3. Heaven temple
Most of the organizers arrange for Beijing transfer tours because they aim at supplying customer services that are considerate. Among the five temples that are present namely Xiannongtan, Yue Tan, Ritan (Sun Temple), Ditan (Earth Temple) and the heaven temple. The latter most is recommended strongly. It is one of the imperial temples in the capital that is larger and bigger than the Forbidden City even. It was built for the Emperors for praying to heavens and good harvests after having offered sacrifices. The trees that are century old make the temple unique and the trees are Chinese Cypress, scholar and juniper trees.

4. Tiananmen Square
The symbol of the Chinese Capital is Tiananmen Square and it is atop the list of the must visit destinations. It is one of the most renowned sites for rallies and parades while also being the largest square of one kind. At sunset and sunrise Chinese Flag’s lowering ceremony is worth watching.

5. Summer palace
This is also called the royal garden of China. The place is in fact a park like an imperial retreat that is spread over more than eight square miles. It is a retreat for the travellers and was also once the retreat for the emperors during summers. Much of the place is covered by Kunming hill and Longevity hill. It is completely reserved with concentrated buildings and richest landscapes. With artistic architecture and masterly design this place has also earned the title of “Imperial Museum Garden”.

Great Places to Visit in Australia


Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It has a length of 3,4 km, a maximum width of 2 km, it’s 9 km in circumference, and most of its bulk is actually below the ground. The peak rises majestically to a height of over 350 m above the surrounding plain. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red.

Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders of the natural world and one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Sydney Opera House

Another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognisable images of the modern world – right up there with the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, and is one of the most photographed and has come to represent ‘Australia’. It is a multi-venue performing arts centre and was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour.

The Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s most famous drives is a 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. Discover scenic attractions, wildlife and nature. See an amazing array of wildlife, the spectacular 12 Apostles, beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests, waterfalls and more.

Fraser Island, Queensland

Starts the Great Barrier Reef a few hours north of Brisbane. It is the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage Site. You can only arrive on the unspoiled island by eco friendly tours or your own 4WD, as there are no sealed roads. There are limited places to stay on the island so make sure you book in advance. Drive and play on its long white beaches, witness some of the clearest fresh water in the world, trek through its ancient rainforests, and get up close and personal with wild dingoes.

Kakadu, Northern Territory

Is one of the few World Heritage Sites listed for its cultural and natural values. Kakadu is a place of exceptional beauty and unique biodiversity. Its Aboriginal owners and the Director of National Parks own it jointly. Kakadu experiences 6 seasons and has an abundance of unique wildlife and plant species.

Apart from the wetlands there are many beautiful gorges and waterfalls in the park and many people come to visit, not just for this, but to also learn more about the Aboriginal people who have inhabited the area for tens of thousands of years. It is best to visit the park on a guided tour or with your own car. Large saltwater crocs can be found everywhere here so do not ignore the no swimming signs.

The Kimberlys

While in Broome, you can hire a 4WD and explore the beautiful Kimberly region. Your best path is the Gibb River Rd, a 660 km dirt track that runs through the heart of the Kimberly region. Driving along the Gibb will take you through spectacular landscapes of red dirt, boab trees, intensely colored ranges, gorges, rock pools and waterfalls that this region is most known for.

The most popular falls and gorges to visit are Windjana Gorge, Galvans Gorge and the most popular Bells Gorge.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of its arch-based design.

The Bridge Climb is the ultimate experience of Sydney. Choose from three guided Climbs that take you to the summit of this world famous Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Imagine visiting Great Barrier Reef fifty years ago, before tourists came and butchered. Well, you have that opportunity when you visit Ningaloo, one of Australia’s greatest unknown treasures. Exmouth offers you a “range to reef” experience with rugged ranges and gorges on one side and spectacular Ningaloo Reef on the other.

Ningaloo is one of those rare places on earth where you can walk from the white sandy beaches straight onto the coral reefs and begin exploring the underwater world -even just by standing in water that reaches your knees you will be surrounded by hundreds of curious fish swimming around your legs. Ningaloo is a great spot for scuba diving or better yet, swimming with the gentle whale sharks.

Visit a Winery.

Australia makes great wine and an abundance of it. There are several wine regions around the country you can visit and enjoy. A day trip to the wineries is an experience never to forget. You can usually jump on a tour and spend the day moving from vineyard to vineyard, sampling various wine and delicious cheeses. Most notably are the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney; The Barossa Valley in South Australia; and Margaret River in Western Australia.

Coober Pedy

In the middle of the South Australian desert, with temperatures hitting heights of near 50 degrees Celsius, you might be wondering why I would recommend a visit to this outback town. Coober Pedy produces most of the world’s opals; hence the only reason there is a town there and why it brings its 4,000 residents in from over 40 countries.

It is so hot in Coober Pedy that the town’s inhabitants actually live underground. Homes, shops, restaurants and pubs can be found down under in cool sandstone dugouts. Coober Pedy is a fascinating place to visit to learn about its history, drink beer in caves, play golf on a course that has not one blade of grass on it and pick up some precious opals.

Broome, Western Australia.

Broome is situated in the far north coast of Western Australia. It is a haven for backpackers, and pearl farmers. Backpackers run the majority of the shops in this small town and can be found lighting up the bar atmosphere at night. Broome is one of Australia’s most unique towns with its ‘country/outback feel’ right on the ocean.

Cable Beach is consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches, and a day can be spent here playing cricket on the beach, or swimming with crocodiles and jelly fish (do be careful and read the signs) In the evening, catch a sunset cocktail from the Cable Beach resort or even take a casual beach stroll on a camel. You may even decide you want to stay for a while, work on a pearl farm and earn some money to fund your Broome adventure.

Explore Tasmania

Poor Tasmania gets largely overlooked by many of Australia’s backpackers and mainland dwellers. Taking the time to come to Tasmania will provide you with an unforgettable traveling experience. The travelers that do make the trek to Tasmania rave about its unspoiled beauty.

Tasmania is the Australia’s most mountainous state and has some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain National Park is a World Heritage listed site and is a fantastic hiking place to explore its beautiful lakes, rainforests, and waterfalls.

Karijini National Park, WA

Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia and one of the most spectacular sights in the Pilbara. It has breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, and stunning scenery. There is a system of excellent walk trails of varying levels which will lead you deep into the subterranean gorges and through waterfalls where you can dive into sparkling rock pools. There are excellent picnic areas as well as allocated camping sites within the park. One of the great benefits of the Park is that its scenery is so accessible. Once you park, you can literally walk 50 metres and peer into canyons to see waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Why not spend some time in Australia learning about the Aboriginal culture? Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest living civilization on Earth. The Aboriginal people survived for 50,000 years as nomadic dwellers, never suffering from ailments such as the common cold. They lived off the land and know many secrets to the power the Earth holds for health, healing, and spiritual connection.

The most untouched area is Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. You must apply for permits before you arrive, as it is a highly protected area, owned and controlled by the Aboriginal people, and visitations are limited.

Things To Do On Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cable Car to the Top
The best way to experience the mountain for all ages, the cable car is not for anyone with a fear of heights, but for anyone else it will be an exhilarating ride. Buy a ticket online to avoid the queues (but children under 4 go free), and then enjoy the five-minute journey from ground level up to the very top of Table Mountain. From the top you will get an unbeatable view of Cape Town and the stunning ocean over 1,000 metres below, as well as the new Cape Town Stadium built specially for the World Cup. From there just enjoy strolling around and admiring the plants, animals and the views until you’re ready to go back down.

Hike the Mountain
Hiking in Cape Town is accessible to anyone with a love of the outdoors, and is certainly available to novice walkers as well as hard-core hiking enthusiasts. There are lots of routes to choose from, and many guided walks are also available. The scenery is spectacular, and the views as well. You could choose to hike up, hike down, or take the cable car up and down and hike around at the top. If you do go hiking, remember never to go alone and to go with a guided group if possible. It’s also very important to take plenty of drinking water, especially during the summer months.

Enjoy a Meal
There is plenty of good eating on offer in Cape Town, and Table Mountain is no exception. If you are not one for strenuous activities, you can simply enjoy the views at the top whilst having a bite to eat in the Table Mountain Cafe. You will find breakfast, pizza and South African cuisine on offer, as well as tea, coffee and a selection of good wines.

Abseil Down
Any thrill seekers heading to Cape Town won’t be disappointed with the abseiling on offer on Table Mountain, which boasts the largest commercial abseil in the world with a vertical 112-metre descent. This has to be organised through an official guide and you should definitely not attempt it alone. On top of abseiling, there are also cliff jumps on offer for the adrenaline junkies, with drops of up to 18 metres into the ocean.

Rock Climbing
Another one for thrill seekers in Cape Town, Table Mountain boasts some fantastic rock climbing opportunities. Climbing is on offer for all ages on sandstone walls of varying levels of difficulty, and again this should only be carried out with experienced guides through an official company.

Enjoy all that Table Mountain has to Offer
Table Mountain is a fantastic place for those who either simply want to see some spectacular views or want to enjoy something a bit more exciting. Whatever you feel like doing, look into it next time you are in Cape Town.

Cape Town Water Sports

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is popular throughout the year in Cape Town, so whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the activity. False Bay is one of the main places to visit, with fantastic visibility in winter up to 25 metres. You’ll find reefs and shipwrecks to explore, as well as a large variety of marine life including seals, octopuses, lobster and dolphins if you’re lucky. You also have both the Atlantic and the Indian oceans to choose from so there are plenty of options.

Shark Diving
One of the biggest thrills you can experience in Cape Town is shark diving. South Africa boasts some of the biggest great white sharks in the world, and you can go face to face with one from the safety of a steel cage. You’ll have to travel about 90 minutes to reach Gansbaai, near which you will find Shark Alley. This is the perfect way not just to experience a real thrill but to learn more about these feared and misunderstood creatures.

If you are a pro surfer looking for some great waves, Cape Town is one of the best places you can go. But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the waves: even if you’ve never used a surfboard in your life you can take lessons in Cape Town and improve your skills. There are lots of surf schools on offer, and lessons with guides are available. During the summer you can get some really big waves as well, but this is only for the experts.

Kite Surfing
Don’t fancy surfing? How about kite surfing? This fairly new sport has taken off in a big way in Cape Town. It involves a cross between surfing and the use of a kite to get more power and go faster. With consistent winds, big waves and excellent schools with trained instructors, Cape Town is an excellent kite surfing location.

Windsurfing is also very popular in Cape Town. Again there are a number of schools to train you up, or you can simply hit the waves if you already know what you’re doing. Strong winds are present throughout the year and equipment is available to rent from a number of places. You will have a fantastic time out on the waves!

Enjoy the Waves
Cape Town is a water-sport lover’s paradise. With a choice of two oceans, great weather year-round and beautiful waters, you can head here any time of the year and have a great time enjoying the above activities. Why not try one out next time you are in Cape Town?

Great Wall of China Facts

# The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese agricultural lands from invasion and to keep the nation’s people from vacating the empire.

# That the Great Wall is a single, continuous wall built all at once is a myth. In reality, the wall is a discontinuous network of wall segments built by various dynasties to protect China’s northern boundary.

# The wall was renovated in the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) to link the old sections that were built in previous dynasties, which were unified to build a whole entity.

# Over 1700 years, the Great Wall of China was enhanced and enlarged which gradually became a world renowned manmade wonder.

# Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from the moon without aid.
# It used to be called the Ten Thousand Li Wall which referred to the wall’s length. (1 li equals half a kilometer or one third of a mile).

# The sections of the Wall in the eastern part of China were built out of bricks and stones while in the western sections of the Wall were made out of less durable material – earth and grass.

# The mortar that has been used to bind the stones that make the Wall has been made up of rice flour.

# The most visited section of the Great Wall is in Badaling, close to Beijing, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. It was the first section of the wall to open to tourists in 1957.

# President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 increased tourism to the Great Wall. Increased tourism to view the Wall instigated restoration of disparate sections of the Wall.

# The highest point of the Great Wal is in Beijing at Heita Mountain (5,033 feet/1,534 meters). The lowest point is at Laolongtou (sea level).

# While the Great Wall is currently a symbol of national pride, China has to invest in resources to manage and preserve the Wall. The organizations, China Great Wall Society and the International Friends of the Great Wall, are dedicated to preserving it.